A Critical Analysis Of "the Parting" By Michael Drayton Essay

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A Critical Analysis of "The Parting" by Michael Drayton

By looking at a poem which has a specific form, for example the sonnet, consider to what extent its particular techniques enhance its meaning.

     The parting by Michael Drayton is a sonnet. It is a poem about the break up of the relationship between the author and his partner. I feel that the meaning of the poem is greatly enhanced by its form, and for a variety of reasons.      Firstly, because the sonnet is a very strict form, the author has to be very careful in constructing his poem, to ensure that it fits the design constraints. One of these constraints is that the sonnet is very short, at only
14 lines. This
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Where the author breaks this pattern, it must obviously be for a good reason, when the author wants a certain word or syllable to be stressed. This in itself will naturally add tot he meaning of the poem. This, in addition, to the constraints of the number of lines, again causes the poem to have to be compressed, clarifying the poem's meaning, and thereby enhance it. For example, in the first line, there should be no stress on the third syllable, but the author has written the poem so that there is, stressing the "no" and giving weight to the definitivness of the first two quatrains. The author again breaks the rythem in the last two lines, using eleven syllables instead of ten. This is clearly not a mistake or an accident, and has been done for one of two reasons; to add emphasis to these lines because seem out of place due to their length, or because the author felt that he simply could not sum up his feelings in the eleven syllables that the standard sonent affords him.

     When looking at the rythem, we should look not only at the line length but also at the ryhme scheme. In the first two quatrains, the rhyme words are very harsh, distancing the author from from the poem. For example, there are the very harsh constonant sounds of "part" and "heart", However, in the third quatrain, there are musch softer sounds, such as "breath", "death", "lies"
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